First Nikon D5 camera review now online

Ole J Liodden, (see his previous guest post) just published the first Nikon D5 review/test report. You can read the entire article here:

"As you already has understood – the new Nikon D5 camera is in my opinion not only a small improvement, but has set new standards especially regarding the AF-system and High ISO performance which will be hard to beat for other camera models. For me it looks like Nikon has found back to the “Nikon DNA” and again has a camera that is on top of the line. I’m really looking forward to get my final version of this camera (not Beta) and use it on my upcoming photo expeditions."

Ole's article includes several amazing photos taken with the D5 (more D5 photos from Ole can be found here, here, here and here). There are also some high ISO samples:

NIKON D5, 600/4.0, 1/500 SEC AT F/6.3 AND ISO 102 400

NIKON D5, 600/4.0, 1/500 SEC AT F/6.3 AND ISO 102 400

NIKON D5, 24/1.4, 1/30 SEC AT F/1.4 AND ISO 51 200

NIKON D5, 24/1.4, 1/30 SEC AT F/1.4 AND ISO 51 200

NIKON D5, 600/4.0 + 2.0X EXTENDER, 1/320 SEC AT F/10 AND ISO 25 600

NIKON D5, 600/4.0 + 2.0X EXTENDER, 1/320 SEC AT F/10 AND ISO 25 600

All pictures © Ole J Liodden and used with permission

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  • hmmm wondering if these are straight JPEGs (as noise reduction looks like it is in effect on those images) or converted NEFs (but that would have to imply some sort of Nikon Capture support for the new RAWs).

    Unless of course you do the exif trick (aka early viewing D750 NEFs in Lightroom by metadata manipulation).

    • Spy Black

      I was thinking the same thing, I hope those are out-of-camera JPEGs, because they’re looking kinda ratty compared to what I was expecting to see.

      • Jordan C. Leyva

        I just shot my d750 on hi1 25600 and highest quality jpeg. It’s very similar to the noise on the bear picture. Obviously a little more noise, but not what I was expecting from the d5. I’m very curious to see 12800 as that is my higher native setting.

        • akkual

          Even D4(s) beats D750 in practical high ISO performance. I doubt that D5 could be worse than D4. In the blog post there’s one pic at ISO12800 and that is definitely the best quality ISO12800 I have ever seen (I think Sony A7s is at similar level, but not able to compare yet of course).

          • TheMeckMan

            Not sure I agree with you there on your high ISO assessment. D4s is an amazing piece of kit, but apples to apples comparison between shots I’ve taken on both of the same scene same settings they look the same. That is the 750 has more pixels so enlarged to the same scale the D4s image looks identical; I can’t tell a difference. The D4s has a higher expandable range, but if you hacked the firmware of the 750 and were able to request higher sensitivity from the sensor I feel they’d be on PAR.

        • Nikkor300f4VR

          So did you find a similar bear? 🙂

          • PhilK

            I always recommend 18% grey bears. Standard color fur patches wouldn’t hurt either.

            • silmasan

              Indeed they’re pretty useful on the field!

          • Captain Insane-O

            No, I used my f1.8 35 and made similar background blur and checked the noise there. That’s where I find most the noise in my photos.

      • Reggie

        He says right in it that they’re OOC JPEG. I didn’t see anything “ratty” looking either. But he did ALSO mention that this is not the final sensor, but a beta version of the sensor, too.

        • Lars Holst Hansen

          He says: “this test report is based on viewing and _editing_ JPG-files with highest quality settings.”

          • Patrick O’Connor

            I would be very surprised if his editing included noise reduction since that is the #1 thing people will want to know about this camera.

            • Lars Holst Hansen

              Fair enough! I just wanted to make people note that these are actually not OOC jpgs. We don’t know what the editing consisted of.

            • Patrick O’Connor

              I asked Ole about his edits and he updated his review with this:

              “Most of the images is not straight from the camera, but I have done some small adjustments to the jpg-files in Lightroom. These adjustments are related to tone curve, vibrance (max +20), shadows, highlights and sometimes WB. I have done no noise reduction, layers in Photoshop etc.”

            • Thanks a lot Patrick, this is useful clarification!

            • Patrick O’Connor

              It never makes sense to me to speculate when the answer can be had for the asking.

            • Careful—with this attitude, you threaten the raison d’être of most internet fora…

            • Patrick O’Connor

              That’s okay. This is the only one I follow. 🙂

          • Reggie

            Touche, but also not raw, and from a beta sensor. And they look pretty darn good.

      • harvey

        I’m thinking they are pretty impressive but then again you may have more experience than I do.

      • HF

        There seems to be some pattern noise in some of the very high ISO images. ISO100k could be used for web easily, after PP I think, but it seems that you now get a useful ISO25600 with this camera.

      • Ritvar Krum

        “looking kinda ratty compared to what I was expecting” – they are ratty, but hey – there are 2 more stops or native iso of more ratty-nes for us to get – so yeah Nikon

    • curzon

      From the article:

      “None of the NEF-files has been inspected or edited in RAW-file software (like Lightroom), so this test report is based on viewing and editing JPG-files with highest quality settings.”


      “I was told in December that the image sensor of the final version (not beta) of the Nikon D5 camera is an IMPROVED version of what I was using in the field testing.”

      I’m already impressed, and things can only get better once we see what people can do with NEFs.

    • Rudi

      Also read what Ole wrote 😉

    • Chris

      Probably want for both DxO and Nikon to release updates to improve high ISO performance. Beta tests are always immature to reflect what you will have in-hand.

  • TheInconvenientRuth

    Aaaaaaand everybody goes nuts pixel-peeping while completely disregarding the statement in te review that it was a “pre-production” model and that the final model will have an even better sensor. Yup, it’s the internet, working as intended…

    • Reggie

      I also am confused by some of the pixel peeping, as there are some pretty stunning shots in that set.

      • Eledeuh

        Hah, first comment : “All but 2 pictures are blurry.”
        Stay classy, internet.

        • Nikkor300f4VR

          🙂 Brace yourselves, “I’ll wait for the 5Ds..” posts are coming!!! 😀

          • John Picking

            Having started with a b&w darkroom in the basement and original FM, all this pixel peeping nit picking is hilarious. Getting pictures that were impossible a decade ago, priceless!

        • manhattanboy

          The loss in edge acuity is the biggest complaint I have as the ISO rises. Second is loss in DR. Both of these things can combine to make pictures appear “blurry”, so maybe that is what that poster is referring to. The pattern noise is the least of my worries as it is the easiest to fix computationally, but is sadly what most folks judge ISO improvements on.

    • Nikkor300f4VR

      Brace yourselves: >> I’ll wait for the D5s..<< posts are coming!!! 😀

  • Fly Moon

    WOW. The photos the Admin linked to are AMAZING.

    • They are!

      • mikeswitz


      • Fly Moon

        Thanks for sharing, Admin

      • silmasan

        Yeah, maybe some of those should be ‘previewed’ here, if possible.

        The water-splashing grizzly images look mighty awesome! He must be pretty close there, one of those was even shot with 70-200.

      • 10DollaEveryting

        Jo, you have gypsy ancestors or why are you a little thief?

    • Eric Calabros

      and his website, especially in mobile mode, is one of best designed I’ve seen.

    • 10DollaEveryting

      More amazing is the blazen thieving of rumors from other sites that Peter is engaged in. Dirty gypsy

  • I can’t wait to take hand held images of the lunar eclipse!

    • MSC

      That’s nothing! With the D10 to be released in 2035, you will be able to take hand held images of the dark side of the moon during a flyby to mars.

      • silmasan

        Wait, where would D10 stand in the lineup relative to the D40?

        • it should be D9xyz!@#!@$#

        • stormwatch

          Milky way

      • Vil

        Haha. Nikon will have a naming dilemma then. They can’t possibly name it DX, or D10 (as evidently it causes confusion with legacy DXX cameras).

        • PhilK

          D series will be deprecated in favor of the H (Holographic) series. 🙂

    • Nikkor300f4VR

      Finally, I can’t wait to snap hand held shots of the Death Star at new moon night sky!!!

      • Ric of The LBC

        That is no moon

        • Nikkor300f4VR

          Yes, indeed, because I want to push the ISO 3.280.000 to the limit.. 🙂
          I might consider 3 min long cat videos in 4K as well!

  • Eledeuh

    Wow, I don’t care that much for the review itself, but the pictures are a joy to behold. Gorgeous stuff.

  • Anyone know if we can use the D5, especially the D500, without memory card? I mean if we can just take photos and send them to a smartphone right away, accepting the low speed of WiFi transmission.

    • … why would you do that?

      • I just ask about the capability.

      • PhilK

        There used to be some digicams that have a small amount of memory on board that pics can be stored to, even without a card inserted. I think my old Canon G1 had that feature.

        • Sure, but… we’retalking about a camera that can shoot 12FPS @ 23MB (I presume losless compressed size will about this). That means 276MB/s, i.e. in networking terms 2.76Gbps. And you want to hobble this by restricting to wifi transfers which will be way way slower?

          It’s like buying a car that can do 300KM/h only to drive it in a 30KM/h area.

          • PhilK

            I don’t think the point of having a little built-in storage was to go out for a day’s shooting, just handy sometimes for testing if the card is removed for some reason. (Eg, in a retail store, etc.)

            As for using it tethered (wired or wireless) without a local storage media, this is what a lot of studio photographers do. And you generally don’t need to shoot 14 fps while taking a picture of a bowl of fruit. 🙂

            • Nikkor300f4VR

              No need? I must prove you wrong:

     😀 😀

            • Oh, for that purpose. Have no idea, technically it would be possible if Nikon wanted to implement it.

              And regarding studio shooting: your fruits are not spoling fast enough, if you can shoot below 14FPS 🙂

        • El Aura

          The Leica T has 16 GB of built-in memory (but that is big exception).

      • f/2.8

        To update his selfie on FB.

  • doge

    dang. those 25600 images have an incredible amount of detail left in them. and this is straight out of the camera. crazy.

    • Eric Calabros

      colors are also more pleasing than anybody expect from Nikon jpeg engines 🙂

    • Lars Holst Hansen

      Nowhere is claimed this is “straight out of the camera”. He says: “this test report is based on viewing and editing JPG-files with highest quality settings.”

      • jonra01

        It’s pretty obvious that the photo with the two bears in the river has had some serious noise reduction done on it. That’s why I said the images were jpgs with Nikon in-camera noise reduction.

        This is an update, so you may have missed it. Notice the part about noise reduction in the last sentence.

        He wrote: “UPDATE: Most of the images are not straight from the camera, but I have done some small adjustments to the jpg-files in Lightroom including: tone curve, vibrance (max +20), shadows, highlights and sometimes WB. I have not done any noise reduction, layers in Photoshop etc.”

  • Thanks for sharing the article. It is a real world test of the camera in very harsh shooting environments. The bear shot at 25,600 is very clean in the background.

  • Mark

    Looks pretty damn impressive up to 25,600. He claims 1.5 stop improvement over the D4S.

    • Morris

      FX to FX +1.5
      DX to DX 🙂

    • Blagoya D.

      I would say more than 3/4 of a stop at best.

      • Given that he shot with the camera, and us the rest not, I’m more inclined to trust his judgement—for now.

      • Maji

        you make that comment just looking at jpgs online while a capable photographer who has used both makes the comment about 1.5 stops improvement. Who should we believe? 🙂

      • neonspark

        Did you dream you had one?

  • Beso

    Wonderful images. It looks like Nikon has a real winner in the D5. Of course in Liodden’s capable hands a Brownie would make great images.

  • keep in mind:

    “I was told in December that the image sensor of the final version (not beta) of the Nikon D5 camera is an IMPROVED version of what I was using in the field testing. If this is true, the final image quality would most likely be even better than what I have seen during my testing period.”

    • How unusual is it for the “final” sensor to not be “field testing” just three months prior to launch? I just really, really, really don’t want a D5 with a black dot in the tripod socket.

      • Rudi

        There are more important things to test in the field that can’t be properly tested in the laboratory (like AF). And beta testing is OK and necessary. I don’t think the final sensor will be totally different from the beta, just another stage of development.

      • Thom Hogan

        According to Ole the trip was in September, so that would a full half year prior to shipping.

        And the answer to your question is: often. While a sensor design tends to lock about a year before ship, getting the fab tuned to eradicate all imperfections at volume tends to go on right until first production.

        • PhilK

          I would think they would be doing lots of software/firmware tweaking of the image-readout/processing algorithms as well during that time.

          • Thom Hogan


        • whisky

          in some cases, perhaps, even through first production.

          • Interesting… do you know actual examples of that? It means it’s even better to not pre-order than I thought.

            • whisky

              it’s expensive to retool, so once a chip is locked down, any revisions must be tweaked via firmware.

  • Ritvar Krum

    Surprise, surprise – 25 000 iso – looks as “good” as D4s one. 104 000 iso – is unbearable (no bear pun indented) like before… thx nikon for “big” progress and those 3 million iso option – very usefull.

    • jonra01

      Keep in mind that those are jpegs straight from the camera. That’s the default Nikon noise reduction. I have no doubt that running raw files through Neat Image or Topaz would make a big difference in the final image.

      • Lars Holst Hansen

        “Straight from the camera”? He says: “this test report is based on viewing and _editing_ JPG-files with highest quality settings.”

        • Eric Calabros

          Maybe he increased the saturation, contrast or something. Applying NR to Jpeg files make them worse, not better.

        • “None of the NEF-files has been inspected or edited in RAW-file software (like Lightroom), so this test report is based on viewing and editing JPG-files with highest quality settings. All exposures were done in NEF + jpg format.”

    • AC

      Well, he clearly states that he sees a 1 to 1,5 stop advantage over D4/D4S (“I would not have any problems including most of these ISO 12 800 images in my image bank or for high quality printing. With the D4S cameras this image quality was equal to approx. ISO 4000 – 5000. This is something like 1.5 stop improved ISO performance, which is very good”).
      Another quote: “Based on what I can see in the jpeg-files the High ISO performance is seriously improved – not like the introduction of D4 and D4S where the discussion was if these cameras was better than D3S or not”.
      I don’t care that much the zillions ISO range. If the IQ got 1-1,5 stop better in the 6400-12800 range, I am sold (I shoot indoor sports and weddings too…).

      • catinhat

        The key word might be jpeg-files.

      • PhilK

        Totally agreed that if he’s a meticulous technical shooter with a lot of experience with the D4/D4s, his opinion that it looks 1-1.5 stops better compared to those models should hold far greater weight than people trying to make absolute judgements of tiny images posted online. (For all we know, they could be significant crops, too.)

      • outkasted

        nailed it

    • outkasted

      Are you comparing Apples with Apples? Are you comparing the D4s RaW converted files with Ole’s edited .Jpegs? Are tou comparing those D4s pics shot at f4 and slow with with tele extenders on them at the same IsO?

  • Lars Holst Hansen

    Ole is a great guy and a very gifted photographer. It is a very nice write up but I must object to calling it a “review”! Ole calls this a “field test report”. Part of it is done while he was assignment for Nikon to make examples of what the camera is capable of for use in the sales material and Ole was featured in the film “Inspired”. Ole is up front with all this and mentions that Nikon did not ask him to do this field test report. I guess it is made with their approval though. In Oles similar field test of the new 600/4 he was more critical. Perhaps there is no downsides to the D5, at least for Ole.

    • preston

      Well we should all be able to agree that this is much better than KR listing the specs and calling it a review.

      • PhilK

        And getting some of the specs wrong, as I recall.

      • Lars Holst Hansen

        I think it is excellent and it can be very useful to actually see what the equipment is capable of in a good photographers hands.

        • preston

          I agree that this post is super useful, whether or not one considers it a review. My comment was that any way you look at it this is still much more of a review than KR “reviews”, which are pointless clickbait.

    • silmasan

      He’s certainly waiting for his final/production D5 before giving his final thoughts. By the way, what “Inspired” film? I tried to search but it’s too generic a title/keyword to get good results.

      • Lars Holst Hansen

        Try googling : “Nikon D5 Inspired” It is also linked in the Nikonrumours post on additional coverage of D5.

        • silmasan

          Oh, alright, thanks. 🙂

  • Wow, indeed awesome pictures! Thanks Peter for the article, very useful.

  • JXVo

    What an awesome set of adventures – great pics too.

  • Yeah, nice, BUT, . . . . can the D5 make me a taco?

    • nwcs

      With the new emojis it can…

  • 10DollaEveryting

    Stop leeching of other rumor sites for photorumors, admin. Being an e-gypsy is not honorable!

  • 10DollaEveryting

    Hej Peter, just had a talk with 43, Fuji and SAR admins. You went too far, you’ll get doxxed. Your personal details and those of your collaborators will be leaked on the net. Have fun, you thieving gypsy.

  • Nikkor300f4VR

    Brace yourselves: “I’ll wait for the D5s..” posts are coming!!! 😀

  • sickheadache

    When I testing the Nikon D5 in 4K..I had to explain to the Bubba the Bear…Now We only got 3 minutes of 4K Quality, and the D5 will Stop. But Keep your Position and don’t move..while my $6500 Dollar resets itself. And Then we can continue with another 3 Minutes. Then another 3 Minutes. Thanks Bubba Bear. He understood and everything was fine.

    • PhilK

      Moral of the story: don’t expect a still camera to do a video camera’s job. No matter what the marketing hype tells you.

      • Blagoya D.

        Canon 1Dc does the job perfectly fine, although that camera is a scam on it’s own, a 1Dx ($6.5k at launch) + heatsink selling for $12k (at launch). With recent prices, $8k I believe for the 1Dc, it makes it a better buy vs the D5 for someone interested in video as well as stills (frame rates matched). I am not a pessimist, I applaud Nikon for taking video more seriously, one more iteration Nikon might be the best video platform on the market (DSLR wise).

        • PhilK

          I really do think that there is far more to “conquering the video market” than simply producing one or two interesting generations of cameras. Catering to the pro video market requires all sorts of expertise and knowledge/support of a very different ecosystem, something which Nikon has never been much involved in. Canon and Sony, on the other hand, have been involved in that industry for many years.

          Personally I think Nikon should be wary of attempting to bet the farm on a market segment that they don’t fully understand and do not have the infrastructure to support (eg various broadcast-industry contacts and support infrastructure), which is dominated by companies far more vertically-integrated than they are, which further puts Nikon at a disadvantage. (Eg, both Canon and Sony have their own sensor fabs, meaning they can build any sort of video-specific sensors they want, whenever they want, without having to compete in the device market with a company that you buy your sensors from.)

          Both Canon and Nikon are trying to diversify to blunt the impact of the decline of some segments. (eg point-and-shoots) I think in Canon’s case, one of those market focuses now is video. Nikon on the other hand got the jump on Canon in the action-cam industry, and the mirrorless “MILC” market. No need to try to copy everything Canon or Sony does.

          • Your comment makes sense, but I’m not sure about one point from it—the fact that Nikon doesn own fabs.

            Wouldn’t exactly the same argument apply for still photography? And yet Nikon competes (successfully).

            • PhilK

              Yes it does apply. But A) the photographic device market is far larger than the pro video hardware market, and B) Nikon _has_ been at a disadvantage to Sony and Canon when it comes to sensors.

              It’s probably the primary reason it took so long for them to respond to Canon’s full-frame DSLRs. (Canon released the 11MP EOS-1Ds in 2002, it took 5 years for Nikon to reply with the D3 in 2007. That was one of the key reasons why Nikon started to lose their grip on the pro market to Canon starting with the release of Canon’s EF lens mount in 1986, and in particular the EOS-1 in 1989, and the EOS-1n in 1994.)

              Luckily for Nikon, Sony wasn’t a direct competitor in still cameras until fairly recently. And Nikon is lucky to have relationships in the silicon chip industry given their strategic chip lithography business, which probably helps them significantly when it comes to acquiring sensors.

              The way things are going, I’m inclined to think that Nikon will get even more involved in the sensor side of the business before long, perhaps a large stake in or partnership with a sensor producer. Even with Sony’s acquisition of the Renesas and (apparently) Toshiba sensor business, there seem to be a lot of newcomers in places like Korea and China.

            • outkasted

              As expected from a camera company who has been doing video far longer than Nikon. Its Nikon vs. Sony mate and the 4K video king will be determined between Sony and Canon. Nikon will continue to use teaked Sony sensors

        • outkasted

          Let’s see if Heat is an issue due to design and a weather sealed body like that of the D5 then expect Nikon to release a 4K Beast in the next D820 or D5600 where the weather sealing may not be as big of a factor.

  • 102400 iso looks less impressive than I thought but there is an amazing improvement still

    • outkasted

      .jpeg… at hi ISO, at f4 plus with extender (i believe). cut me some slack.

  • Originaru

    not impressed.

    • Singani Mamiya

      Because you are a much better photographer than Ole? Show your work!

      • outkasted

        Yeah man..Reveal yourself!

      • Originaru

        Not impressed with the image quality…
        Sorry if the D5 camera review title was not sufficient to you understand what im refering to.

  • chip

    Wonderful pictures and seems like glowing review. I am always suspicious of people who can’t find anything wrong. Not that I’m a cynic, but any professional photographer should find something objective an real that he’d wish it have. I’d think someone shooting in such extreme conditions the D5 is missing some small thing. I don’t care if Nikon didn’t ask him, it’s clear a scratch my gear itch, you write a glowing review, LOL. Don’t get me wrong, camera looks great, and the photographer’s work is great too but really he is as bad as KR in some ways, yes KR when you write like this, LOL

    • “I’d think someone shooting in such extreme conditions the D5 is missing some small thing” Like a space heater and high powered rifle.

  • Maji

    Fantastic photographs. At least it shows what the camera is capable of.

    • HF

      And the photographer?

      • Maji

        yes, I missed the photographer part… He is indeed a great photographer but I don’t think the intent of the article was to show his abilities but to demonstrate what he could do with a D5… I am sure you would have done a great job with a D2 too but perhaps not those hand held moon light shots or ISO 51200 🙂

        • outkasted

          especially love the techniques he uses using a floating piece of foam core to get those low shots! I confess Ive never seen that before but I would not do that ever…at least here in Bermuda where the saltwater content is crazy

  • neonspark

    I’ve stayed away from the forums because of the amount of “my 4Ds works just fine” and “his pics are blurry/crap”. So sad the photo community is in such dire state that they must resort to defending their gear so much instead of letting their pics do the talking.

    • outkasted

      its f****ing ridiculous

  • Doug Laurent

    Looks like as if no camera to date can produce really professional or useful looking pictures above ISO 25.600. The A7S2 still looks a bit more detailed at 50-100.000 ISOs.

    Each of these cameras also needs some minimum light source and will perform significantly better under the same high ISO settings when shot with lots of light (which explains why the bear in daylight does look clean).

    My personal conclusion with the A7S2 has been, that the cool thing is definitely not to have ISO 50.000-2Mio, or to shoot with no light. The main big advantage is to work under normal light conditions, and simply don’t care about stopping down or very short shutter speeds anymore, as the usable high ISO numbers will save you. The settings of F10, 1/320 and ISO25600 in the daytime bear pic show which is the way to go. An even better quality demo might have been to avoid an extender and show a pic with settings like F8, 1/640 and ISO 25600.

    The good news is that the new cheap 200-500 tele zoom might have become a good alternative to the expensive tele primes, as it’s not necessary to shoot wide open at 2.8 or 4 anymore. This means the D5 could save you some big money on lenses and weight to carry around.

    • catinhat

      Excellent points!

    • Siech

      I hope Nikon releases a dedicated low-light camera with only 6MP, enough pixels to look gorgeous on a MacBook 15″ retina screen. The Sony A7S II delivers usable ISO 51,200 at 12 MP, so even ISO 102,400 could be possible with only 6MP. Such a camera would be a bold move.

      • sleipnir

        retina screen do sent look that good anymore. …

      • Actually, 6MP should give you ISO 409,600 equivalent to 12 MP at 51,200 because sensor size grows in a squared fashion.

        While it would be cool to see a well tuned FF 6 MP sensor (or 8 MP, maybe), 12 MP is as low as you can go and still shoot 4K video. So I think it’s a pretty good compromise.

        What I’d love to see is a full frame camera with a new gen 12 MP sensor (with BSI, etc). I’m conservative when it comes to ISO but I love shooting in low light. So the a7sIII or whoever wants to make it, would be fun to see. (Not that we aren’t spoiled for choice already.)

    • outkasted

      Thank you. The comments above are no taking into account that the dude is shooting Hi-ISO at f4 and Higher!.. Not at 2.8. I can only imagine what he would get with a 400mm/2.8. But me thinks that wow factor will be saved for later. Right now let the naysayers pic at .jpg+hi-iso+low aperture from f4 and below. at some very low light scenes

  • BG

    Some awesome photography there. And the camera appears to deliver at high ISOs.

    • outkasted

      at .jpg no doubt too.

  • Kevin Lue

    These are no doubt great photographs, but give any new flashy camera like the D5 to any photographer and they will give back glowing reviews. I’m pretty sure the D4s, D4 and the D3s can achieve the same photo quality. IMHO the D5 is great, but the added new and improved features are not necessary and we have already reached the peak in digital imaging technology.

    • PhilK

      Reminds me of how the 78 RPM phonograph record was proclaimed by many at the time as a “perfect” reproduction of sound.. 🙂

    • outkasted

      The question is can these photos be duplicated under the same circumstances, low light, Hi-Iso etc…that are in .Jpeg!!!!!

  • Lovely Rose

    His edits actually make the images look bad… I don’t know how he’s editing or compressing, but these shots are poor quality.

  • markdstump

    I’m going to stick to my D810.
    But If I had money to burn I’d only use the D810 for landscape
    and the D5 for action and people.

  • KellyVanRijn

    Sample photos look terrible!

  • Wally Brooks

    Truly amazing images by a great photographer!

  • Odysseas Papageorgiou

    A professional DSLR camera in which you can’t even select the exact
    autofocus sensor you need. Nikon after essentially keeping the same
    autofocus system for 8 years in its professional DSLR cameras, although it releases updated versions every two years halfway through their product life cycle and these cameras are used mainly for sport
    photography (meaning very fast erratically moving subjects which by
    nature demand the best autofocus system) now it replaces the ancient
    autofocus system first released with the Nikon D3 back in 2007 with one that professional photographers can’t even choose their preferred
    autofocus sensor, because I imagine that Nikon doesn’t trust them that
    they will choose the right one. Another decision by Nikon which
    perfectly illustrates the respect that Nikon has for the professional
    photographers who demand the best equipment in order to cope with the ever increasing requirements of their clients. I predict that when the
    Canon EOS 1D X Mark II is released will win hands down the Nikon D5 in the autofocus department and will further expand the lead which Canon has even more. That is unless of course Canon doesn’t repeat any of the mistakes of the recent past, but even in which case the current Canon EOS 1D X (in photography) & Canon EOS 1D C (in 4K video recording) are already superior in comparison to the Nikon D5, although both were released almost 4 years ago. By the way, when cameras the size of the second generation of the Sony A7 series with in built image stabilization can record 4K video internally without overheating, how is that the Nikon D5 which is almost double in size and without an in build image stabilization can’t record 4K video for more than 3 minutes? I guess Nikon should have put more resources into bringing into the market faster its patent of placing a fan inside its cameras to combat overheating, because DSLR cameras the size of the Nikon D5 don’t have enough room internally to cool down by themselves. Nikon users welcome to 1985 when the autofocus was invented and cameras had a hole in the place when the digital sensor is nowadays with the added bonus of opening back film chambers so that they wouldn’t need any fans to cool down. Have in mind that even back in 1992 Canon EOS 5, which at the time was the semi professional model of the Canon SLR line up, had user selectable autofocus sensors. I guess that the Nikon D6, after 4 years, will feature the same autofocus system with the Nikon D5, since Nikon is a professional camera maker which respects tradition, while as an added
    bonus it will feature limited aperture control in fear of diffraction.
    Nikon D7, will be the first professional DSLR camera with 399 autofocus
    sensors, after 8 years Sony first produced such an autofocus module,
    half of which will be of linear type, so that autofocus of moving
    objects isn’t that sharp and thus bring an air of nostalgia to the
    professional photographers who until then they will still prefer DSLR
    cameras for shooting photos and videos, while at the same time it will
    also be the first professional DSLR camera to feature only an Auto mode, so that professional photographers can focus entirely in composition, while leaving aperture, shutter speed and ISO control, which by then based on the current rate of ISO range expansion by Nikon will have reach ISO values approximately in the region of 839,680,000 with boost but “only” 6,553,600 native ISO, to the camera. Because Nikon knows best.

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